The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems

by Randall Jarrell


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Poet, novelist, critic, and teacher, Randall Jarrell was a diverse literary talent with a distinctive voice, by turns imaginative, realistic, sensitive, and ironic. His poetry, whether dealing with art, war, memories of childhood, or the loneliness of everyday life, is powerful and moving. A poet of colloquial language, ample generosity, and intimacy, Jarrell wrote beautifully "of the American landscape," as James Atlas noted in American Poetry Review, "[with] a broad humanism that enabled him to give voice to those had been given none of their own."

The Complete Poems is the definitive volume of Randall Jarrell's verse, including Selected Poems (1955), with notes by the author; The Woman at the Washington Zoo (1960), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; and The Lost World (1965), "his last and best book," according to Robert Lowell. This volume also brings together several of Jarrell's uncollected or posthumously published poems as well as his Rilke translations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374513054
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/01/1981
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.46(d)

About the Author

Randall Jarrell, born in 1914 in Nashville, Tennessee, was a prolific and widely respected poet, critic, translator, and fiction writer. A friend and contemporary to Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Jarrell received the National Book Award (amid other honors) for his verse. He also served as U.S. Poet Laureate. Jarrell died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1965.

Customer Reviews

The Complete Poems 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ostrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Many of the interior monologues are splendid, including the famous "Death of the Ball Turret Gunner," as well as "Next Day" and "The Woman at the Washington Zoo."
Nestus_Gurley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jarrell, widely known as a first-rate (if often mean-spirited) critic of poetry, is greatly undervalued as a poet.
Bella_Quileute More than 1 year ago
Jarrell is a consummate American poet. His greatest poem is just five lines: The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner,. It is haunting and beautiful.